AMD Radeon HD 7970

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How well can the Radeon HD 7970 run games
AMD Radeon HD 7970
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Based on current gaming requirements the Radeon HD 7970 is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

What FPS performance can the Radeon HD 7970 get on latest AAA 2023 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 169 games in todays list.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the Radeon HD 7970 performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Far Cry 6 and saw it deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. We proceeded to look at Grand Theft Auto VI to see how that compared and predict that it will return a weak 0 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Far Cry 6 on the Radeon HD 7970 to see that it got a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. Another popular game to investigate at 1440p with this card was Grand Theft Auto VI which we predicted will be weak in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 0 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Resident Evil 8 where its Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 0 FPS. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon HD 7970 is not the best choice to run modern games.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon HD 7970 is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7970? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon HD 7970 then a good choice would be RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB as this is better than 716 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 68% better performance as well. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon HD 7970 is the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300, which is 35% more powerful and can run 300 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
32 FPS
The Radeon HD 7970 was released on 29 Dec 2011
AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 7970
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
Texture Rate
118 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
30 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 11.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
925 MHz
Max Power
250 Watts
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
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Radeon HD 7970 Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 7970 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti XT which has 32 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 925MHz.

The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1375MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon HD 7950 used to compete with GeForce GTX 680 but its performance was even behind the lower positioned GeForce GTX 670 and was later replaced by a faster Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 7970 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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